The 2000 Airport Master Plan identified 65 acres of property adjacent to the northwest quadrant of the Airport for future land acquisition and development. In 2004, the Airport began the preliminary planning for the acquisition and development of this area for an Airport Commerce Park and performed an inventory of the properties in the designated area. There are 147 parcels in the project area, 98 residential and 49 commercial. To date, seventy-nine parcels have been acquired by the Airport and the majority of the remaining property owners have expressed interest in selling.
The sale of private property to the Airport as part of this project has always been a voluntary land acquisition relationship. The land acquisition project is grant driven and is divided into three phases. The first two phases are concentrated on acquiring the interior properties and the third phase is focused on the commercial properties along Langley and Tippin Avenue. As funding becomes available, the Airport approaches the property owners in the area of interest accordingly to determine the level of interest to participate in the Land Acquisition Program.
The program is funded by Joint Participation Agreements through Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grants and matching funds from the Airport Capital Improvement Fund. The use of FDOT funding requires sponsors to follow the federal regulation that defines in detail the procedures by which private property is acquired as well as the rights and benefits that apply to the owners and residents. The applicable federal regulation is generally known as the "Uniform Act" and more particularly as the "Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally-Assisted Programs." It is contained in the Federal Register at "Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 24”.
The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970
Land Acquisition and Relocation Assistance for Airport Projects
In addition to this umbrella regulation, the FAA has also developed specific guidelines that outline how this regulation will be applied during projects at airports. These guidelines are primarily contained in two FAA publications; they are (FAA Order 5100.37B - "Land Acquisition and Relocation Assistance for Airport Projects"), and (FAA Advisory Circular AC 150/5100-17 - "Land Acquisition and Relocation Assistance for Airport Improvement Program Assisted Projects"). The Federal Register can be consulted as well as various locations on the Internet, at libraries and other public outlets. These guidelines were developed to help ensure that the needs and rights of owners were considered. In addition, the City Council and the Airport Administration desire that these rights be safeguarded and have insisted that these regulations are followed during this program. Therefore, at any time during the acquisition program Airport Administration staff will be available to answer any questions that property owners may have regarding these procedures.
Airport Commerce Park Program/Procedures
Relocation procedures are outlined in a portion of the federal regulation commonly known as the Uniform Act. Specifically, this regulation is entitled the "Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally-Assisted Programs" which is published at "Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 24."
The Real Estate Acquisition Process Handbook
The number one question we have been asked by home owners who are interested in participating in the program is: "When will my home be acquired?"
As this is a voluntary program and is grant driven, as funding becomes available, the Airport approaches the property owners in the area of interest. If the property owner is interested in participating in the program, the Airport begins the acquisition process. If the property owner is not interested in selling their property, the Airport will move on to the next property of interest. Everyone should be aware that once you accept an offer to purchase your property, along with your relocation benefits package, this agreement must be presented to the Pensacola City Council for final approval. At that time, all of the details regarding the purchase become public information and records are subject to Florida Public Records laws.
Please contact Andrea Kvech at (850) 436-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.